Board of Trustees Appoints Jamestown Community College President and Interim Presidents at SUNY-ESF and SUNY Poly

June 14, 2018

The State University of New York Board of Trustees announced the appointments of Dr. Daniel DeMarte as Jamestown Community College President, Dr. David C. Amberg as SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Interim President, and Dr. Jinliu “Grace” Wang as SUNY Polytechnic Institute Interim President.

About Dr. Daniel DeMarte
Dr. DeMarte is currently the executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Tidewater Community College (TCC) in Virginia. Dr. DeMarte is responsible for policy and strategic initiatives affecting academic programs, enrollment, and student success. His portfolio includes the Apprenticeship Institute, faculty professional development, intercultural learning, learning technologies, and the libraries. He is also responsible for the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center, the Center for Military and Veterans Education, and the NSF-funded Southeast Maritime and Transportation Center.

He is a leader in open educational resources (OER) and helped to create the first textbook-free degree, called the Z degree, to help lower student costs. In 2016, he served as a Fellow at the Center for Open Leadership in Cape Town, South Africa where he helped to create an OER policy development tool.

Dr. DeMarte previously served as vice provost for student and learning development at Macomb Community College. He also served as vice president for learning at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and began his career at Genesee Community College, one of SUNY’s 30 community colleges.

He earned his doctorate in higher education administration with a specialization in community colleges from North Carolina State University. He received his master’s in student personnel administration from Buffalo State College and his bachelor of arts in political science from the University at Buffalo. His appointment is effective July 30, 2018 at a salary of $180,000.

About Dr. David C. Amberg
Dr. Amberg has served as vice president for research at Upstate Medical University since December 2014 overseeing the clinical, translational, and basic research portfolios of the campus. During his tenure, Upstate Medical has seen three consecutive years of near double-digit growth in research expenditures and a five-fold increase in clinical trial expenditures.

He has also held academic appointments in Upstate Medical’s Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology since 1996 and was named full professor in 2008. He was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004, was named a SUNY UMU Jacobson Scholar in 2009, received the President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research in 2011, and was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2012.

Dr. Amberg earned his doctorate in biochemistry from Dartmouth Medical School in 1992. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Genetics, and earned a bachelor of arts in biochemistry from Whitman College in 1983.

His appointment is effective July 1, 2018, and he will receive a salary of $280,000 per year.

About Dr. Jinliu “Grace” Wang
Dr. Wang has been serving as SUNY’s Interim Provost and is senior vice chancellor for SUNY Research and Economic Development. She has played a leading role in designing, directing, and expanding the footprint of SUNY’s research, graduate education, industry relations, and economic development activities. In her time at SUNY, Dr. Wang has demonstrated an inclusive, results-driven approach to working with campuses, faculty, and students.

Prior to joining SUNY in January 2017, she served as acting assistant director for engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she led the Engineering directorate and managed a funding portfolio of over $900 million to invest in frontier engineering research, support engineering education, and foster innovation and technology commercialization. Prior to that time, she served as NSF’s Deputy Assistant Director for Engineering, a capacity in which she oversaw the operation of the Directorate for Engineering, and helped identify and implement research, innovation, and education priorities.

Dr. Wang earned her doctorate in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University. Dr. Wang’s appointment is effective July 1, 2018 at a salary of $425,000.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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